(Series 18, ep. 49) I was absolutely gripped by this week’s episode. I don’t think there’s a Holby fan on the planet who doesn’t like Fletch. He’s a genuine, kind, caring, funny man who just wants to help people and make a living so he can support his kids. So I was rooting for Fletch, and I love Raf and the bromance between them, so I was rooting for Raf, too. As well as being engaged with the human side of the story, I was intrigued by the puzzle of the mystery illness that got worse and worse, and even had the best medics in TV-land stumped for a while. It was nail-biting stuff, and thank heavens for Bernie, an oasis of calm among all the angst.
A special mention also for Kai O’Loughlin, who plays Mikey Fletcher. This week he subdued his cheeky chappie persona a bit (usually he seems about to burst into a chorus of ‘Consider Yourself At Home‘ at any moment, which is a lovely thing to watch but wouldn’t have been appropriate here) and he was brilliant. He’s completely believable as Fletch’s son and has masses of charm, personality and talent. His scene with Hanssen was absolutely precious. I was glad it was Mikey who provided the clue that eventually led to a diagnosis. “He’s okay now. I’m looking out for him,” he said.
Elsewhere, romantic issues were high on the agenda. Oliver Valentine and Jasmine are apparently an item, and Jasmine has quickly gone from being ever-so-casual about relationships to insisting that Ollie told Zosia what was going on. Unfortunately, it seems that Zosia isn’t at all over him. All he had to do was speak a bit of Spanish (he was translating for a patient and her rather over-dramatic friend) and Zosia went a little bit breathless. At various points it seemed that Ollie is not over Zosia either, but Jasmine had other ideas and Zosia caught them having a store room moment. I really didn’t like the way Jasmine undermined Zosia on the ward later, particularly as she had a very smug look on her face as she did so. That’s not very sensitive or very nice, and perhaps Little Miss Sunshine isn’t as sunny as she looks. She does have Paula Burrows’ genes, after all.
On Keller, Sacha and Essie were doing their best to move on after their breakup last week. Sacha’s shirt was loud even by his standards. It literally took Hanssen’s breath away, but he declined to comment. “I think Dr Copeland is a better arbiter of the sartorial zeitgeist than am I,” he said. Sacha had enrolled on a cookery course and was going to try out for the hospital choir. Essie was trying out a new hairstyle and had signed up for scuba diving. It seems that moving on is quite literally hard work, so they gave up, temporarily, and went for a drink instead. Whether they get back together or not, I hope they stay friends. They had such fun winding Dominic up after he accidentally broke a hideously naff statuette that neither of them liked. I loved Dominic’s initial response to it: “What the merry hell is that?” It made me laugh out loud, and considering that Fletch was in the throes of a mystery creeping paralysis at the time, that was quite an achievement.
Have you seen the Autumn trailer yet? I’m quite giddy with anticipation about it all. I’m also giddy with anticipation about a Big Holby-Related Thing I’m going to reveal later on today…